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What to throw money at when trying to level up your biking from an older, generic bicycle?

Very rarely do upgrades make enough difference to a bike to justify the cost or doing them. For this reason, I am a strong believer that while you should maintain a bike, you are almost always better ...
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Disk brakes swap on a new road bike with rim brakes

Can I put disk brakes on it? No. You cannot effectively convert a rim brake frame or forks to disc brakes. (Alternative answer: do I need to replace parts? Yes, the frame and forks.) Seriously ...
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Is it cost-effective to upgrade an old-ish Giant Escape R3 commuter bike with entry-level branded parts (wheels, drivetrain)?

Cable replacements, chain, tubes, all those are "consumables" Even spoke replacement is not an uncommon problem to have periodically. A bike isn't a cellphone to be discarded when its a bit tired - ...
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What to throw money at when trying to level up your biking from an older, generic bicycle?

Judging by the current bike and the mileage, a new bike will be put to good use. Look for a lighter bike with better quality components, that fits similarly. Don't expect it to cost you less to ...
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What to throw money at when trying to level up your biking from an older, generic bicycle?

The overall goal is to improve general fitness, maybe go faster or longer. For these goals it's very unlikely a new bike is required. Fitness is derived from a blend of time spent riding, intensity, ...
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Can I convert rim brake to disc brake on road bike?

To do this "properly" you need to replace all these parts: a new frame with disk caliper mounts a new fork with disk caliper mounts all the brake system parts, being calipers and rotors, hose etc. ...
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What should be my first upgrade?

As everyone above points out, you'll pay double or triple to upgrade piecemeal. Save up buy a whole bike. Used if you have to. The two items that I would consider are NOT on your list: If you are ...
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Is it worth buying a road bike or rather upgrade mountain bike?

Only you can decide if you "need or "want" a road bike. I would not upgrade your mountain bike in an attempt to make it a better road bike. As the saying goes a pig wearing lipstick is ...
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Can I convert rim brake to disc brake on road bike?

Rim and disc brakes have completely different mounts. The front disc would be mounted at the bottom of the left fork leg, and the rear would be mounted where the seat and chain stay intersect. It’s ...
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How does one upgrade a bicycle?

Cranks and chainrings are made of aluminium, which does not rust. You'll probably be fine with cleaning them and new cassette and chain. This isn't that expensive any more. From quick googling, your ...
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Which upgrades are required for participate in cycle race?

You can ride any bike in a race, provided it's in good enough working order to get you over the line. Regarding gears, it looks like the cost to add derailleur style gears may be prohibitive, as I ...
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French thread BB

You're stuck with square taper bottom brackets. But there are plenty of good square taper cranksets still on the market (new and used). You have a few options though: Velo Orange sells a french ...
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How to upgrade Scale 930 to reduce weight and gain speed?

If weight is your main focus, compute the g/$ per upgrade and prioritise upgrades over that. The crank and cassettes are also easy ones on that regard. If the cost of the upgrades is greater than the ...
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Is it cost-effective to upgrade an old-ish Giant Escape R3 commuter bike with entry-level branded parts (wheels, drivetrain)?

To answer the 'is it cost effective?' question you have to know what you are getting for the upgrades. Are replacement components going to be lighter, more efficient or more durable? You could say ...
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What should be my first upgrade?

You say that your bike is incompatible with your height. Upgrading won't fix that at all. You also say that you want to save weight, but you're riding a low-end bike with suspension forks and big fat ...
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What should be my first upgrade?

With an inexpensive bike like this upgrading individual components not worth it. You can't really replace the frame - replacement frames do not exist at this price level. If the bike is too small ...
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Mountain Biking with Heavy Rider and Rigid Bike

The Multitrak is really a hybrid designed for light off road, on road and touring. You are right not to try and upgrade the bike parts. As long as you stick within its limits it will be fine. Enjoy ...
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Upgrading a entry level hybrid bike or purchasing a new better one

Upgrading an existing bike piecemeal is always going to be more expensive than buying a new bike with the specs you want, because manufacturers get components at a discount. Regarding Option 1, ...
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What to throw money at when trying to level up your biking from an older, generic bicycle?

Two changes that would improve the enjoyment of cycling a lot, and which you can do on the current bike without having to even consider a new bike: Better tires. Those tires don't look like good ...
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French thread BB

Can't be done, sorry. A French BB shell is about 0.2 mm larger than ISO, so there's no way to make an ISO BB stay put in there. Forget about press-fit; those are typically several mm larger. Even ...
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French thread BB

I have managed to convert the bottom bracket to work with three piece cranks on my early 1970s UO-8. It originally had cottered cranks. All I had to do was find a square taper bottom bracket spindle ...
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Getting my first Road Bike

Let's take a quick look at some of your bigger goals: One day possibly enter into a local race Try to hit and maintain a 20+(hitting close to 30 would be nice) mph base speed (currently can ...
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Is it worth buying a road bike or rather upgrade mountain bike?

For road racing and racing, get a road bike. A true road bike will not only be faster, but have better handling and be generally more fun to ride. Pay attention to fit and don't buy a bike without ...
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Specialized Stumpjumper Women's HT 2006 Worth Rebuilding Back Up?

There is a lot in this post. Here are the questions I see. Fix what I have or buy something new? Do I need to get the fork serviced if its working OK? (my vote is "no") If I buy something ...
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How to upgrade Scale 930 to reduce weight and gain speed?

Scott Scale is not a slug of a bike, Scale is still reputed for its light weight no fuss pedigree. Shaving of weight in a way that makes a difference you are heading into $'s/gram territory. Current ...
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What are the considerations before buying a Full Suspension bike (India)?

There are a few questions to ask yourself. 90% of the time what sort of riding are you doing? Hike-a-bike where you'll repeatedly walk your bike up a hill and ride down, do you commute by bicycle, etc....
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Looking for info on replacing MTB derailleur

Looking at the Minelli web site it seems their bikes are fairly inexpensive, using Acera, Altus and Alivio groupsets. The latest Acera, Altus and Alivio groupsets are all 9 speed so I have to assume ...
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Disk brakes swap on a new road bike with rim brakes

While they are a few "adapters" that might sometimes allow installing the rear disc caliper onto certain frames (if lucky), these adapters look ugly and certainly won't fit the aesthetics of ...
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Upgrading a entry level hybrid bike or purchasing a new better one

The bike looks like it should be fine for light trails. I have an old hybrid with no suspension that I use on light trails and It's fine as long as I don't try to push it too much on technical ...
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Upgrading a entry level hybrid bike or purchasing a new better one

I'd like to focus on an aspect that seems overlooked here -- the wheels. In my experience, bike makers like Trek often save money by providing less durable wheel components, as buyers are often less ...
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